Historical Societies ~ Somerset County


The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County

10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501

Phone: (814-445-6077)

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00noon-5:00pm

Library Usage Fee: $3.50

Website: http://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/


  The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County is located outside of the borough of Somerset, Somerset County and includes a museum / library structure adjoining the Somerset Historical Center, a recreated historic village park administered by the Pennsylvania Historical And Museum Commission.

  The library maintains a large number of family files which consist of information contributed by researchers, along with published and unpublished family histories. In manuscript form there are also birth and baptismal records, cemetery records, census returns indexes, church histories, county histories, Somerset County Estate Records index, immigration and naturalization records, land records, maps and platt books, military and veterans records, newspapers, obituaries, and the 1798 Direct Tax returns in addition to miscellaneous accumulated records.

  In addition, the following items can be found on microfilm:

Auditors Reports for 1839-1907

Birth Records for 1852-1854 and 1893-1908 and 1914-1985

Birth Records Index for 1894-1908

Cemetery Records & Index

Census Records (U.S.) 1790-1920

Census (Agricultural) 1850-1880

Census (Manufacturers) 1850-1860

Census (counties other than Somerset)

Census (Social Statistics)

Church Histories

Church Records

Death Records for 1853-1854 and 1893-1908

Death Records Index

Deeds (Index to deeds by grantee)

Deeds (Index to deeds by grantor)

Deeds (Records of deeds - Somerset County Court House)

Deeds (Sheriffs deeds and Index to Sheriffs deeds)

Deeds (Mortgagee Index)

Deeds (Mortgagor Index

Deeds (Mortgagee and Mortgagor Records)

Estate Records (Orphans Court Index 1795-1921)

Estate Records (Index of wills 1795-1922

Estate Records (Record of wills 1795-1902)

Estate Records (Orphans Court Docket 1795-1904)

Estate Records (Record of executors administration accounts 1850-1943)

Family Genealogies for Somerset County families

Immigration Records (Ships passenger lists)

Marriage Records (1795-1802 and 1852-1853 and 1885-1968)

Marriage Records Index (1885-1968)

Marriage Register

Medical Records (Register 1889-1931)

Medical Records (Veterinary Register 1881-1934)

Medical Records (Minutes of the Somerset County Medical Association)

Military Records (Military Discharge Records 1862-1865)

Military Records (Military Discharge Index 1865-1868)

Naturalization Records for Somerset County

Newspapers (various for Somerset and Cambria Counties)

Oyer & Terminer Docket (Records 1855-1899)

Oyer & Terminer Docket (Index 1865-1968)

Partition Docket (1889-1937)

Road & Bridge Reports / Dockets (Dockets 1806-1977)

Road & Bridge Reports / Dockets (Index)

Quarter Sessions (Docket 1800-1902)

Quarter Sessions (Index 1795-1920)

Quarter Sessions (Criminal Court Minutes 1795-1809)

Surveys And Warrants (Somerset County 1700s-1800s)

Surveys And Warrants (Index)

Tax Records (1798 Direct Tax)

Tax Records (Tax assessment returns 1796-1879)

Veterans Records (Revolutionary War)

Veterans Records (Civil War and Widows Records 1890)

Conemaugh Township Historical Society

100-104 South Main Street, Davidsville, PA 15928

Mailing Address: PO Box 307, Davidsville, PA 15928

Hours: Thursday 9:00am-12:00noon

Phone: (814-479-2067)

Website: The website is no longer maintained


  The Conemaugh Township Historical Society collects family genealogies, obituaries and various books on local and county history. The collection also includes cemetery records and church records for the Conemaugh Township and surrounding areas.

Berlin Area Historical Society

400 Vine Street, Berlin, PA (P.O.Box 35, Berlin, PA 15530)

Hours: Monday 1:00pm-4:00pm, Wednesday, Saturday 9:00am-12:00noon

Phone: (814-267-5987)

Website: http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/berlinpa/


  The Berlin Historical Society maintains the Heritage Haus, a log structure dating from the 1790s. The Heritage Haus museum provides an outlet for the display of artifacts from the region.

  The Berlin Historical Society’s library is housed in a new structure built in 1992-93. The library maintains family files, church records, birth and baptismal records and obituaries. The society’s collection of books include published and unpublished family histories and various county histories. The library maintains a complete set of the Berlin Record newspaper.

Rockwood Area Historical & Genealogical Society

610 W. Main St., Rockwood, PA 15557

Phone: (814-926-1500)

Hours: Tuesday & Friday 12:00noon-3:00pm

Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~parahgs/


  The Rockwood Area Historical & Genealogical Society is devoted to the study of the history of Black, Middlecreek, Milford and Upper Turkeyfoot Townships in Somerset County and Casselman, New Centerville, Rockwood and Seven Springs Boroughs.

Meyersdale Public Library

PO. Box 98, Meyersdale, PA 15552

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm, Wednesday, Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Phone: (814-634-0512)

Website: http://www.meyersdalelibrary.com


  The library maintains a genealogy room in which a collection of genealogical and historical research items are kept. In addition to the family files and published and unpublished family histories, the collection contains the First through Seventh Series of the Pennsylvania Archives. County and town histories are also maintained by the library. Copies of the newspapers, Casselman Chronicles, Laurel Messenger and other periodicals are collected. The library maintains obituary files from 1971 to the present time. Church and cemetery records are part of the collection. The library also maintains photo and archive collections including the Frances Livengood Imler collection. The library also possesses the Cockley Collection of genealogical records

  In addition to the books and other files, the library maintains the following on microfilm:

U.S. Census Records for Somerset County 1800-1880, 1900-1920

Civil War Veterans And Widows Schedules 1890

U.S. Census Records for Allegheny County, Maryland 1850, 1860

U.S. Census Records for Garrett, Frederick and Dorchester Counties, Maryland 1880

Reformed and Lutheran Church Records (for several townships)

Brethren Church Records (for Summit Township and Berlin)

Marriage Records 1855-1880

DAR Ohio Records

Family Bible Records

Tax Assessment Returns 1795-1854

Wills 1797-1895

Orphans Court Dockets 1793-1846

Survey Warrants A-Z


     Meyersdale Commercial 1888-1912

     Somerset Herald 1828-1845

     Somerset County Star (Salisbury) 1899, 1909-1929

     Meyersdale Republican 1991-present

     The New Republic (Meyersdale) 1991-present

Meyersdale Area Historical Society

PO Box 134, Meyersdale, PA 15552

Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society

PO Box 82, Addison, PA 15411

Phone: (814-395-3743)  (814-395-3469)

Salisbury-Elk Lick Historic Association

9102 Mason Dixon Highway, Salisbury, PA 15558

Hours: Meetings held third Tuesday of the month.

Phone: (814-634-0512)

Website: http://www.salisburypa.com/historic.html

Springs Historical Society

PO Box 142, Springs Road, Springs, PA 15562

Hours: May thru October, Wednesday to Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm

Phone: (814-662-2625)  (814-662-2327)

Website: http://www.springspa.org/index.html

Stoystown Historical Society

PO Box 227, Stoystown, PA 15563

Hooversville Historical Society

RD#1, Box 22, Friedens, PA 15541

Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society

600 Logan Place, Confluence, PA 15424

Website: http://www.tfvhs.com

Boswell Area Historical Society

417 Main Street, P.O. Box 39, Boswell, PA 15531

Website: http://www.boswellpa.com

Shade-Central City Historical Society

RD#1, Box 250, Cairnbrook, PA 15924